Morgan Park a clean sweep for Gilmour Racing
Qualifying set the scene for the race weekend with John Magro toping the chart with a blistering qualifying time in the high 1m08-second lap which stands as the fastest ever ‘official’ lap recorded at Morgan Park, the North Queenslander going on to set a new lap record in the first race as well.
Chris Gilmour in the #17 Gilmour Racing / Racecarparts.com.au qualified second and Bryce Moore third, with Guiliana topping Gersekowski in the battle for the Forpark Australia Scholarship.
Chris Gilmour has returned to the winners list in the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship in a dramatic 12-lap sprint race today. The Brisbane real estate agent was able to use his customarily good start to jump pole sitter John Magro on the run to turn one and take a lead he would never lose, brining his #17 Gilmour Racing / Racecarparts.com.au Dallara home for a triumphant victory.
The race began in dramatic fashion when Tasmanian youngster Josh Burdon rolled his Dallara F304 three times after contact with another vehicle as the cars ran into the quick turn one-two complex.
The Dallara was tipped onto its side and the 18-year-old from Hobart was left a passenger as it completed three complete revolutions in the air before landing upright, but heavily damaged. Burdon climbed from the car under his own power and emerged unscathed from the crash, though was clearly shaken by the dramatic accident.
The race was held under safety car for six laps whilst the damaged car was removed from the outside of the first corner before Gilmour led them back to the green flag for the sprint to the finish.
Gilmour battled to hold the lead from Magro and Bryce Moore but as his tyres came up to temperature his race lead extended to eventually take the chequered flag unchallenged.
“My start was really good and that was enough to get into turn one and control the race from there. I felt I had good cold tyre pace and was able to get a bit of a gap over Magro on the restart and do enough to get the win," Gilmour said.
Chris went onto take out a clean sweep for the three races over the race weekend at Morgan Park “It’s a great feeling and now we need to go on with it for the championship. Getting a win here was always a plan so it’s a great result and really closes things up in the points. Magro was a solid second and, with Moore third, the championship now closes up dramatically with the top four drivers now split by just 15 points at the top of the standings.